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Expert in Automotive Controls

Expert ID: 732221 California, USA

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Expert designs control systems for various vehicle areas, such as hybrid powertrain, vehicle dynamics, and (more generally) vehicle electrifications.
He also investigates possible control system failures in the automotive area.

Areas of Research Expertise and Interests: Commercial and Technical:
Technical management, team building and managing, business negotiation and contracting, project definition, proposal and business plan development, project dissemination. Building energy analysis, optimization, and control, Advanced powertrains, mechatronics, renewable energy, energy optimization, vehicle electronic and electrical architecture, vehicle integration, mathematical modeling and simulation of dynamic engineering systems, vehicle dynamics, and six-sigma.

He was the only non-Japanese expert for Suzuki, in the case of Suzuki vs. VW for over two years.
This was a 2.5 billion euros product liability case in Hybrid Powertrain Controls dispute and he testified in London, UK in an arbitration hearing on April, 2014.

Expert witness in Suzuki vs VW as Hybrid Powertrain Control expert.He served as a consultant to Lord Corporation, conducting multiple research projects therein regarding the effect of linear optimal controllers on energy distribution of vibratory systems as well as an overall acoustic model of an aircraft.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California - San Francisco, California - Sacramento, California - Oakland, California - Stockton, California - Fremont, California - Modesto, California - Santa Rosa, California - Hayward, California - Sunnyvale, California

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1997 Degree: Ph.D Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of California, Davis
Year: 1991 Degree: MS Subject: Electrical Engineering (Signal Processing and Computer Hardware Design) Institution: California State University, Sacramento
Year: 1982 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2014 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Undisclosed Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Responsibilities: Expert teaches system dynamics, control system design and vehicle
dynamics. He also performs fundamental research in vehicle dynamics, alternative powertrain and electric vehicles. He also serves UC-Davis as Director of Hyundai Excellence Center in Vehicle Dynamics and Control, where his responsibilities include training seven Hyundai engineers on an annual basis in vehicle dynamics and controls; and developing state-of-the-art research projects withthe Hyundai management team applicable to Hyundai future strategic requirements.
Years: 2011 to 2014 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Department Head; Professor in Automotive Engineering Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Expert's responsibilities included financial probity through the control of expenditure within the annual departmental budget. He also fostered and led the development of research activities in the School and the supervision of research assistants. He also oversaw the development and delivery of courses of the highest standards to sponsor collaboration with other Departments and Schools of the University. Expert was also responsible for maintaining good relations and close collaboration between the University and industry, research establishments, professional bodies, international agencies and other relevant institutions within the United Kingdom and elsewhere in the world.
Years: 2009 to 2014 Employer: Cranfield University (Cranfield, UK) Title: Undisclosed Department: Automotive Mechantronics Centre Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for establishing the Automotive Mechantronics Centre in order to address the immediate needs and gap in the mechatronics and advanced control system design domains through short-term projects with industry. Anther establishment objective was to perform long-term fundamental research in the automotive green technology area from process and methodology to mechatronics modelling, design and development through governmental support and long-term industrial projects. A third responsibility for Expert was to address the knowledge gap in automotive mechatronics through short courses and by establishing an MSc program in automotive mechatronics at Cranfield University. He taught courses in vehicle dynamics, automotive control and simulation, mechatronics system modeling, chassis control systems, vehicle dynamics and suspensions, and hybrid electric vehicles.
Years: 2004 to 2009 Employer: Advanced Engineering Whitley (England) Title: Undisclosed Department: Jaguar-Land Rover Responsibilities: A primary responsibility was active driveline and steering, wherein Expert stewarded the development of a vehicle yaw and traction controllers using an active rear limited slip differential. The controller is currently in production on the Jaguar XFR and XKR. He also developed a vehicle yaw controller utilizing an active front steering. Another responsibility was Hybrid Electric Vehicle control development. Expert managed a team of engineers responsible for developing and implementing Hybrid Powertrain Control strategies including control simulation activities to aid in hybrid architecture selection, component sizing and PED analysis. He provided technical input on all aspects of vehicle development, including vehicle targets, component selection, system integration and requirements, and control architecture (Torque Manager) for integration of various smart actuators. Other responsibilities included patent development and publishing technical papers.
Years: 2002 to 2004 Employer: Ford Motor Company - Ford Forchungszentrum (Aachen, Germany) Title: Undisclosed Department: Vehicle Electronics and Controls Responsibilities: Expert's primary responsibility was Integrated active chassis controls, where he developed the various control strategies for integration of Active Differential, Dual Channel ARC (Active Roll Control), and CDC (Continuous Damping Control). The project included interface definitions and synchronization with ESP (Enhanced Stability Program). Other responsibilities included patent development and publishing technical papers.
Years: 1999 to 2002 Employer: PSA Technical Center (Paris) Title: Undisclosed Department: International Research Program Development Responsibilities: Expert's responsibilities included development of research programs with internationally recognized institutions in all related vehicle areas. Research areas under development included: very low emission gasoline technology; low emission diesel engine technology; development of brake by wire system; new control methods for vehicle suspension system; development of steer by wire system; engine vibration isolation; tire-road friction estimation; related X by wire projects; expansion of the application of the virtual reality in the vehicle domain.
Years: 1997 to 1999 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Research Engineer and Visiting Scholar Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Expert's responsibilities were Fuel Cell Vehicle modelling and controls. He conducted detailed physical system modelling of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles. He also performed control system analysis and design for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle powertrain components. Projects undertaken included: modeling of a V-Belt CVT using Bond Graphs; Modelling the Dynamic Characteristics of a Seated Human for Vehicle Ride Comfort using Bond Graphs; and developing a new control strategy for Antilock Braking System (ABS). Other studies included modelling drivetrain dynamics using bond graphs and studying the comparison of the existing control algorithms for automobile suspension systems.
Years: 1995 to 1997 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Undisclosed Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Lord Corporation is an engineering firm specializing in vibration control research and product development for Aeronautical, Industrial and Chemical sectors. Through funding from Lord Corporation, Expert pursued several research projects, including (1) The Effect of Linear Optimal Controllers on Energy Distribution of Vibratory Systems, and (2) An Overall Acoustic Model of an Aircraft. Other studies included, among others, an investigation of the effect of time delay on the lightly damped system, as well as a study of the existing control strategies for broadband control of complex vibratory systems.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1997 to 2014 Country / Region: UK; Germany; France Summary: Expert's work as an engineer and researcher has taken him to engagements in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and the United States, respectively.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Member, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) (1988-present). Member, SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) (1997-present). Member, ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers) (1986-1994).
Licenses / Certifications
Professional Engineer, Mechanical Engineering, California Registration Number 24194. IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers) Fellow.
Professional Appointments
Associate Editor of the IFAC Journal of Control Engineering Practice. Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Vehicular Technology.
Awards / Recognition
Ford's Technical Achievement Award Nomination: "Yaw Stability and Traction Control Using an Electronically Controlled Limited Slip Rear Axle Differential" (2008). Who's Who in Science and Engineering (2003-present).
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 4 patents. He has participated in 6 workshops/seminars. He has co-authored two published book chapters. He has 66 published journal articles. He has published 20 technical reports.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Farsi He is fluent.
French He can speak conversational French.
German He has a basic command of German.

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